Question regarding booking next cruise while on a cruise?
Has anyone ever put money down towards there next cruise WHILE on there current cruise? I heard if you put 100 dollars down you get some extra perks along with it on your next cruise. I know you have a 2 year window to use it also. Can anyone tell me if what I said is true or give me some information on doing this??? I hope someone understands what I am talking about
We have booked while we were on a cruise a couple of times. Basically you pay $100 deposit to go towards your next cruise. Depending on the length of the next cruise you get on board credit. $50 for 5 day and then it goes up from there I believe. We have only done it for 5 day cruise so I know you get $50 on board credit for that length. I like it because when I do pay for the next cruise I already have a $100 deposit. Makes me feel better.
Hope this helps
averrette - I also saw you were going on the Triumph in 2011 and I have to tell you, I love that ship. Yes it was my first time, but the staff that were on that ship when I went (2007) are still the ones I talk about. I hope you enjoy it. Also I am booked on the Elation for December did you already go? If so how was it???? Super excited!!!
Many of the ships have a Future Cruise representative on board now. You either book your next cruise on the ship or buy Future Cruise Certificates (FCC) for your next cruise.
Pay $100 for the FCC.
Send in the FCC after you book your next cruise and your $100 is treated as an additional deposit, you still have to make the regular deposit, but your certificate reduces your final payment.
You also get On Board Credit (OBC): $50 for a 6day or less cruise, $100 for a 7 or day, maybe a little more for > 8 days. This is per cabin, not per person.
You cannot transfer the FCC or buy them for anyone that is not on the ship.
You have 5 years to use the FCC and it can be returned at any time within the 5 years for a full refund.
Book on the ship.
You get the OBC for each cabin you book, whether the other passengers are presently on board or not.
And you get a FCC to give away to anyone that wants to go on the same cruise that you are going on and they get the same OBC after they book their cruise. It doesn't provide the $100 deposit because you don't pay for it, just the OBC.
If you have a pretty good idea of when you want to cruise next go on board with a number in hand. If they will beat it at the future cruise desk go ahead.
If you are pretty confident you will cruise Carnival near future (I think the timeline is actually five years) it is a pretty good investment. If you take a 7-day cruise in a year that is 100% ROI, if you take a 5-day cruise 5 years from now the return is still 10% a year - best investment I made in 2009.
If you are unsure that you will book another Carnival cruise within the next five years I think you can get a refund on your deposit, but you have sunk $100 until such a time.
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